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The most wanted photo is with the enemy

If it were to occur, the meeting between Trump and Kim will go down in history with other unthinkable meetings of Presidents of the United States with hostile leaders

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The most wanted photo is with the enemy

The invitation of North Korean leader Kim Jong un, Donald Trump to meet to talk about denuclearization brings to head immediately or moments of diplomatic audacity between United States and its enemies. In popular imagination immediately emerge images that have marked last 50 years: Nixon and Mao, Reagan and Gorbachev, Obama and Castro... Trump and Kim? All se moments occurred in ir own circumstances and have in common more than having left historical photos with which to be compared. But if it were to produce, and regardless of its results, photo of Trump and Kim would have to put it next to se ors:

Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong, 1972MÁS information
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In mid-afternoon of July 15, 1971, White House sent a notice that that night president would make an "important statement." At 10.30 p.m. in Washington, Richard Nixon appeared on television to announce an astonished country that was proposing to visit Communist China. "I am going to embark on what I deeply hope will be a journey of peace," he said solemnly to Americans. Nothing to do with semi-clandestine announcement of a South Korean envoy in White House parking lot This Thursday about possible meeting between Trump and Kim.

The only Nixon phrase could go to China is already practically an aphorism to refer to diplomatic audacity. The approach was secretly prepared by Henry Kissinger from time Nixon agreed to presidency in 1968. Nixon had been writing about need to establish relations with China for at least a year before he became president. He was obsessed as a geo-strategic objective, at same level as nuclear disarmament. The United States and China did not speak since establishment of People's Republic, 22 years earlier.

Nixon landed in Beijing at 11.30 a.m. Local on February 21, 1972. A few hours later, Mao Zedong, far of Chinese revolution, received it in his private residence. It would be his only encounter on a week trip. "I like right-wingers," Mao said. "The right can do what left is talking about," Nixon retorted. The journey was a success and is considered beginning of opening to world of Communist China.

Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, 1985 on 8 December 1987, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev (Le/RI) and US President Ronald Reagan (right) signed a treaty to eliminate intermediate-range missiles at White House. BOB DAUGHERTY AP

Nixon was seen three times with Russian President Leonidas Breznev. Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter also saw it. But anti-communist furious Ronald Reagan did not meet a president of Soviet Union throughout his first term. It had been six years since last meeting at highest level when Reagan finally met new Communist Party general Secretary, Mikhail Gorbachev, in 1985. It was 19th of November, in Geneva. The meeting was not productive, but it laid foundations of a certain personal relationship. They were seen again following year in Reykjavik. In a modest house y spoke for four and a half hours. Both leaders had dedicated all kinds of public criticism, at a time of maximum tension by US attempt to arm a missile defense space shield. Finally, talks resulted in first agreement in which both countries agreed to reduce ir nuclear capacity, signed on 8 December 1987 in Washington.

Barack Obama and Raúl Castro, 2015

On 10 December 2013, in Johannesburg football stadium, re was an unusual concentration of heads of state to dismiss Nelson Mandela, symbol of fight against aparid in South Africa. When Barack Obama prepares to go up to grandstand to speak, a historical photo is produced. He meets president of Cuba, Raúl Castro, and greet each or. This is first time that presidents of both countries have shaken hands since 1959 revolution. The relationship between two countries is nil. The embassy in Havana was closed since 1961. Obama, however, had been selectively relaxing island's economic blockade. On July 1, 2015, from White House, Obama announced reopening of diplomatic relations between two countries. From re re would be two formal meetings between Presidents, in Panama and in new York. On March 21, 2016, Air Force One landed in Havana for first official visit of a U.S. president to Cuba from Calvin Coolidge in 1928.

The President of United States, Barack Obama (right), closes hand of Cuban president, Raúl Castro (left), in a historic bilateral meeting at 7th Summit of Americas in Panama City in April 2015. Jonathan Ernst Reuters call from Obama to Rohaní

This wasn't a picture. It was a phone call. In September 2013, during UN General assembly, rumors spread that United States and Iran delegations prepared a casual meeting of two Presidents at UN headquarters. Never occurred. But on Friday 26th, as he was on his way to airport, Hasan Rohaní received a call from Barack Obama from Oval Office. "I'm sorry you had to suffer traffic from new York," he said. It was first time that heads of State of se two countries spoke since Islamic Revolution of 1979. The historical picture, in this case, is Obama's with phone in his ear calling Iranian president.

US President Barack Obama talks on phone with Iranian president Hasan Rohaní from Oval Office in September 2013. Pete Souza Reuters

The gesture began a timid thaw that was accompanied after small diplomatic gestures. The United States, along with rest of permanent members of UN Security Council and European Union, initiated negotiations to alleviate economic sanctions on Iran and its international isolation in exchange for paralyzing nuclear program. The agreement was signed in July 2015 and is still in force.


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